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Ugly start for Florida Gators offense

GAINESVILLE -- Not much went right for the Florida Gators offense during the first quarter of its homecoming game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. UF trails Arkansas 7-0 with 14:57 left in the second quarter.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow fumbled once and was sacked twice during the first quarter. UF receiver Riley Cooper dropped a wide open touchdown pass. Kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 37-yard field goal. Tebow and running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps combined for minus-12 rushing yards. It was ugly.

On defense, UF started the game well but made a mistake on a key fourth-and-1 play by Arkansas at the UF 1. Arkansas went for it on fourth down and Florida's defensive line was not set for the play. UF was caught in between shuffling substitutes on and off the field. Arkansas scored two plays later when Broderick Green, a running back not even listed on the Hogs depth chart, rushed for a one-yard score.

Florida linebackers Brandon Spikes and A.J. Jones were not on the field during the Razorbacks' scoring drive. This is the first time Florida has trailed this season.

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